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China’s Problem

So we have seen how we have countless neighborhoods that have been almost abandoned or stopped in mid construction.  In my post, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, it shows how California has been hit hard.  This pales in comparison to China’s empty houses.  Currently there are enough empty house in China to house roughly 2/3 the American Population.  That’s right, China currently has enough homes to house over 200 million people.

In a quest to “westernize” or “Americanize” investors dumped their wealth into constructing entire cities where there might only be a handful of people living in them.  They are so big, but so sparely populated, they don’t even have enough people to keep the city in working order.

Click the photo to see these ghost cities

Thumbnail Bubble

This Bubble is designed to be a Micro Hotel pod to be placed in airports for stranded passengers.  The idea is to have  a self contained unit that allows the occupants to have a quite space that meets their needs.  at 7 meters squared it is just the right size.  They have a few models: single bed, single bed with bathroom and a family version.

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Porta Bubble

Found this great little house/shelter thing that is designed to be a non permanent shelter.  So basically a glorified tent.  here is what the archatech said:

buBbLe tries to advocate a space and a time for non-permanent dwellings. We believe it is possible to create contemporary residential units that penetrate the city’s interstitial spaces. These units would thus complete the city’s functioning and allow for the newly arrived, or displaced people in general, to gradually settle in the city. Semi-regulated spaces that, accepting the transience of new residents, alter their character slightly and contribute to social inclusion.

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more here: http://bubbleprototype.blogspot.com/